Why do even satisfied newlyweds eventually go on to divorce?

  title={Why do even satisfied newlyweds eventually go on to divorce?},
  author={Justin A. Lavner and Thomas N. Bradbury},
  journal={Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association},
  volume={26 1},
  • Justin A. Lavner, T. Bradbury
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Psychology
  • Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association
Although divorce typically follows an extended period of unhappiness that begins early in marriage, some couples who are very happy throughout the first several years of marriage will also go on to divorce. This study aimed to identify risk factors early in marriage that distinguish initially satisfied couples who eventually divorce from those who remain married. We identified 136 couples reporting stably high levels of relationship satisfaction in the first 4 years of marriage. We compared the… 

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